Guidelines and Requirements for Parents
It is only the parent(s) or legal guardian who can request the baptism of a child under the age of reason.
The person(s) requesting baptism of an infant needs to be an active member of the Church of
St. Mary of the Assumption in Oswego, or Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal.
Active membership is described as:
1. Completion of a Parish census form;
2. Regular attendance at Sunday Worship;
3. Evidence of financial support of the parish.
If the person requesting baptism is a member of another parish, he or she will need a letter attesting to active membership from his or her pastor.
Sponsors or Godparents and the Faith Community
The Catechism states: For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parent’s help is important. So too is the role of godfather and godmother, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized on the road of Christian life. They and the whole church community bear some responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the grace given at Baptism. (1255)
For those reasons at least one sponsor (godparent) will be a practicing, baptized Catholic. This may be someone from St. Mary of the Assumption or Our Lady of the Rosary, who like the parents, fulfills the definition of membership - registration, regular worship, parish support. Or this may be someone from another parish who has obtained from his or her pastor a document called a sponsor certificate.
Parents who are requesting a baptism are required to attend a workshop.
Please contact the parish office to schedule the workshop and Baptismal ceremony.
All others are not required to attend the workshop but are most welcome to do so.
Baptisms at the Church of St. Mary of the Assumption and Our Lady of the Rosary
takes place during any weekend Liturgy; on the second and third Sundays of each month at 11:00 am;
or by appointment. Except for grave and serious reasons, baptisms are not celebrated during Lent.
Since children are born and raised within the context of a particular community, the community,
like the parents, looks forward to the healthy birth and joyful baptism of the children of its members.
Stipend for Baptism
Although it is customary to offer a stipend to the person who officiates, it is not required.
If the family wishes to extend this gesture of gratitude, it can be made within the context of personal
Some remarks about infant baptism from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin,
children have the need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of
darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God. (1250)
Christian parents will recognize that this practice also accords
with their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them. (1251)
Baptism is the sacrament of faith, and faith needs the community of believers.
Baptisms should be celebrated during the Sunday Liturgy with the community of believers present,
BAPTISM IS A SERIOUS, LIFE LONG COMMITMENT, PASSING ON THE FAITH FROM CARING AND CHURCH GOING PARENTS TO AN AS YET FULLY FAITHFORMED CHILD.